Published: Fri, June 14, 2019
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Nadal energised by Paris triumph and aims to win third Wimbledon

Nadal energised by Paris triumph and aims to win third Wimbledon

Just like in 2005 and 2006, Roger was able to take a set out of Rafa in 2007 final that took place on June 10 but it wasn't enough for an overall win, with Nadal celebrating a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 triumph in three hours and 10 minutes (2006 final lasted for more than three hours as well) for his third straight Roland Garros crown.

The introduction of the Next Gen Finals tournament for the best players aged 21 and under was part of an effort to make stars of the up-and-coming generation, but the global appeal of Federer, Nadal and Djokovic will be impossible to replicate.

"I hope that I will be here again next year", said the since the 3.

"It's very special for me". "I was so far off the ball and couldn't play it any different way". "Last year was very close [Nadal lost in five sets to eventual champ Novak Djokovic in the semifinals]".

Nadal hasn't entered a grass-court tournament ahead of Wimbledon in any season since 2015. "I played the flawless match today". But can the Spaniard catch up with his big rival at the age of 33 or even surpass him?

That couldn't happen as Nadal sailed through his service games easily to close the set with another powerful forehand in game nine, moving closer to the finish line and another title in Paris. And as Nadal showed in Paris on Sunday, when he won 23 of 27 points at the net against Thiem, he volleys as well as anyone. "I could stop for a while and recover or change my attitude and recover". It is hard to imagine winning so much in the same place, particularly here at Roland-Garros.


The world number two also took his Paris record to an astonishing 93 wins and just two losses. "He lost in the semifinal a year ago, playing a great match".

It has been more than 15 years since Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic began their collection of Grand Slam titles and the bad news for anyone eyeing tennis's big prizes is their stranglehold on men's tennis is as tight as ever.

"I want to follow my own journey, give myself the best opportunities, and give myself the possibility of competing at the highest level".

"While you watched Nadal, as he won from every angle nearly impossible balls, you had to ask if anyone has ever played as good as Dominic Thiem and so little was rewarded", wrote the British newspaper "Daily Telegraph" on Monday. What he was performing I think is unbelievable, really. Nadal didn't seem too focused on that though, he was more keen on enjoying his current success. Nadal said. "You can't be frustrated all the time because the neighbor has a bigger house than you or a bigger TV or better garden". That's not the way I see life.

"I just try to do my way". He has two titles away from Roger Federer's record of winning most - 20 Grand Slams. "Being honest, I am not very anxious about this stuff, no?"

But Nadal, with his confidence up and his knees healthy, will be there too. This took even more confidence from the Swiss' game, suffering the second straight break in game nine to lose the opener 6-3 after a forehand victor from Rafa who saved all ten break points he had to play against!

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